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Brigance Brigade Foundation Celebrates O.J. Brigance’s 45th Birthday at ‘Three Rings for O.J.’

The Brigance Brigade Foundation, an organization that supports ALS patients and their families created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, celebrated the 45th birthday of Co-Founder O.J. Brigance on Saturday, September 12th with a ‘Three Rings for O.J.’ event at Pimlico Race Course.

The Three Rings for O.J. birthday celebration was themed in honor of the former Baltimore Ravens player’s three championship rings and the cities that hosted each championship game. The progressive themed party represented a different championship ring O.J. Brigance has earned throughout his career, including: 1995 Grey Cup Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan; 2000 Super Bowl Championship in Tampa, FL; 2012 Super Bowl Championship in New Orleans, LA.

Friends, family and supporters of the Brigance Brigade Foundation gathered to celebrate O.J.’s continued fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease; O.J. is now in his 7th year after his diagnosis.

“It is always a great honor to celebrate my birthday with friends, family and the Baltimore community,” said O.J. Brigance, co-founder of the Brigance Brigade Foundation. “Through this event, we are able to spread awareness for ALS and raise critical funds to support the Brigance Brigade Foundation’s mission to help those living with this awful disease.”

The birthday celebration, which was emceed by 98 Rock’s Justin Schlegel and WBAL’s Keith Mills and Pete Gilbert, featured an extensive silent auction, live auction, and live music.

During the event, the Brigance Brigade Foundation donated an Eye Gaze machine – an eye-operated communication and control device – to Heather and Bob Kuchta. Nikki Coulumbus was on hand to present the Eye Gaze machine to the Kuchtas on behalf of LC Technologies. Other patients living with ALS also shared their personal story and experience receiving support from the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

Former Baltimore Stallions and Baltimore Ravens players also made special guest appearances, including: Ed Reed, Matt Stover, Michael McCrary and Harry Swayne.

To see photos from the event, click here.